Audi and BMW are famous car manufacturers and their history goes a long way back in time. They are well known for producing a wide range of cars coming in different modes from manual and automatic to electronic. All these evolutions have been well achieved with time. They are both outstanding cars that you will definitely want to have your hands on. It is evident that there are many similarities as there are differences between the two, and this article concentrates on what makes these cars comparable and if you are looking to purchase either of the two, then keep reading as below is a detailed review that focused on the interior and exterior design, comfort, flexibility, and engine capacity.
(*Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricings as of November 2020.)
Audi A4 BMW 3 Series
Capacity / Doors 5 seats / 4 doors 5 seats / 4 doors
Average Fuel Economy 17.84 kmpl 16.13 to 20.37 kmpl
Key Features Power windows, AC,
Multi-function steering wheel
Power steering, AC,
Anti-lock braking system
Average Used Pricing $930 - $44,960 $580 - $8,510
Interior and Exterior Comparison
The Audi A4 sedan comes in five car options namely A4 Premium, A4 Premium Plus, A4 Prestige, S4 Premium Plus, and S4 Prestige. The S4 Sedan is designed in the attractive interior with a four-spoke multifunction steering wheel, three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles in the S4 Premium Plus and S4 Prestiges, a three-zone automatic climate control, comfortable seating surface that comes in a range of material color options; leather/Alcantara available in the S4 Premium Plus and S4 prestige, eight-way power front seats and four-way power lumbar adjustment for the driver, heated front seats with driver memory, and to generate more space is a 60/40 split-folding rear seatback along with power windows with one-touch up/down operation and pinch protection.
The exterior of the Audi A4 sedan is designed with the Audi S line exterior appearance and S exterior appearance for the S4 Premium Plus and S4 Prestige, coming with the signature Audi Singleframe grille, automatic headlights, front and rear fog lights LED taillight technology, power-adjustable, auto-dimming, heated side mirrors with memory, Aluminium trim around exterior windows and chrome exhaust tips.
Similar to the Sedans, Audi gave its users another car option that comes in three variants namely the A4 Premium, A4 Premium Plus, and A4 Prestige. The Audi Avant’s interior similar to the A4 sedan comes with three-zone automatic climate control, a standard four-spoke multifunction steering wheel in all options, a tilt telescopic manually adjustable steering column, a leather seating surface, eight-way power front seats, and four-way power lumbar adjustment for the driver. On the other hand are heated front seats with memory in the A4 Premium Plus and A4 Prestige, a 60/40 split-folding rear seatback, dual front sun visors with lighted vanity mirror, power windows with the one-touch up-down operation and pinch protection, and a panoramic sunroof.
The exterior is unique in its own way but doesn’t fall far from the sedan designs. It comes with the Audi Singleframe grille, Automatic headlights, front and rear fog lights, power-adjustable heated side mirrors available in the A4 Premium only. Available in the A4 Premium Plus and A4 Prestige alone are the Power-adjustable, auto-dimming, heated side mirrors with memory, Aluminium trim around exterior windows, chrome exhaust tips power rear tailgate and the Audi S line exterior appearance.
BMW 3 Series
The BMW 3 Series comes in a range of options but before we observe the features that set aside these car options, let’s take a look at the interior design. It comes with a very comfortable interior that offers nothing but true luxury. It has more legroom and headroom making it suitable for persons of any weight and height. It comes with door compartments for your beverage bottle storage, and two cup holders for the driver and front passenger. It offers rear split-folding seats that help generate more space for cargo and if your hands are occupied, you can simply pop the trunk open with a tap of your foot as long as you have the key in your pocket. The exterior is just as interesting as the interior. Apart from being an outstanding performer, the BMW 3 series is a stylish car that can simply be identified by its three lines, an aggressive look on the front end highlighted by a unique kidney grille with front headlights extending towards a large grille. It comes with a muscular silhouette that enhances the front and rear which translates into a slight increase in height and length, more legroom and headroom.
Looking at the BMW 3 Series variant, we find the following characteristics:
The BMW 3 Series comes in the Modern Line as one of its options offering Power front seats with Dakota Leather with Dark Oyster highlight piping with eight-way power adjustment plus two-way manual headrest adjustment. The driver’s seat provides individual adjustment for height and backrest, fore and aft position, and rear angle. It comes with a three-spoke leather-wrapped multifunction sports steering wheel, light color dashboard, signature key fob in Oyster with Pearl Gloss Chrome trim, and door-sill finishes in aluminum “BMW Modern” lettering.
The exterior comes with 18 x 8.0 light-alloy wheels with front and rear bumpers that are air intakes, kidney grille slats, and exhaust pipe tips in exclusive satin aluminum design.
The Sport Line is designed to give an ultimate sport feeling coming in Black Leatherette with contrasting Red highlight piping, offering ten-way power adjustment; two-way manual adjustment of headrests and the driver’s seat that comes with individual adjustment for seat height and backrest for an aft position and seat angle. It comes with a three-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function sport steering wheel that is unique to the Sport Line featuring a grip-enhancing cover with red decorative stitching to match the contrasting rings that surround the tachometer and speedometer. The door welcomes you with an aluminum “ BMW Sport” lettering, while the dashboard offers a catchy appeal with the chrome trim surrounding the air conditioning and radio controls.
The exterior comes with 18 x 8.0 light-alloy wheels and at the front is the kidney grille stats, B-pillar, front and rear bumper designed with air intakes. It is further decorated by the Black exterior mirror caps and chrome black exhaust pipe tips and a sport suspension.
The Luxury Line lives up to its name. It offers maximum luxury proven by the Venetian Beige Dakota Leather with exclusive stitching offering eight-way adjustment including two-way adjustment of headrests. The driver’s seat comes with individual adjustments for seat height and backrest along with a fore and aft position and seat angle. It comes with a three-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function sport steering wheel, featuring a grip-enhancing cover. The door of cause comes with an aluminum “BMW Luxury” lettering while the rest of the interior is nicely decorated by Dakota Leather upholstery with exclusive stitching chrome trim rings for air conditioning and radio control, a center console with Luxury Line exclusive Chrome surround, and illumination with variable color effects in Orange-Red or White selected via the iDrive Controller.
The exterior offers 18 x 8.0 light-alloy wheels, front and rear bumpers, and air intakes with Chrome design, Chrome kidney grille slats, Chrome exhaust pipe tips, and Chrome window surround.
BMW 3 Series
328i: The BMW 3 Series is available in the 328i that comes with a TwinPower Turbo / inline 4/4 engine with 1997 ccs, 240 hp @ 5,000-6,000 rpm along with an acceleration rate of 5.7 seconds from 0-60mph in the manual gear option and a 5.9 seconds acceleration in the automatic gear options.
335i: The second engine option is available in the 335i that comes with a TwinPower Turbo / inline 6/4 offering 2979 ccs, 300 hp @ 5,800 rpm along 5.4 acceleration rate from 0-60 mph in both manual and automatic options.
Sedan and Avant: The A4 Premium, A4 Premium Plus, and A4 Prestige and all Avant options come in a 2.0-liter turbocharged: Intercooled DOHC four-cylinder gasoline engine with Audi TFSI direct injection, variable valve timing, and valve lift system. They are available at 211 hp @ 4,3000 rpm / torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm.
Sedan:The S4 Premium plus and S4 Prestige come in a 3.0-liter supercharged: Dual intercoolers, DHOC V6 gasoline engine with Audi TFSI direct injection and variable valve timing along with a 333 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm and a torque of 325 lb-ft @ 2,900 rpm.
Looking at many factors, both Audi and BMW outdid themselves in manufacturing these cars. They offer premium quality and maximum comfort that makes many people opt for them as their first choice. But when it comes down to which vehicle to go with, the Audi offers style and substance, and even with many of the changes that come with the updated model, it has not affected its likability. It is a little more reserved in terms of appearances and outright fun and with its latest model, it definitely comes as one of the most remarkable compact executive vehicles. On the other hand, BMW is offering a higher market price but it is an exceptional performer and eco-friendly if you opt for its hybrid models. Luxury is the key factor that makes the vehicle memorable. If you can afford a BMW, then it is a car that comes with no regrets.
Written by: Sharon-Rose Emmanuel Nanyaro